Djokovic beats Gulbis in Montreal quarterfinals
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 15, 2015 10:29 AM
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MONTREAL (AP) — Top-ranked Novak Djokovic survived two match points and rallied to beat Latvia's Ernests Gulbis 5-7, 7-6 (7), 6-1 on Friday night in the Rogers Cup quarterfinals.
It was the first time Djokoic survived match points against him since 2012 in Shanghai against Andy Murray. The Serb, the tournament champion in 2007, 2011 and 2012, has won 51 of 54 matches this year.
Djokovic will face France's Jermey Chardy, a 6-7 (9), 7-6 (13), 7-6 (4) winner over American John Isner 6-7 (9), 7-6 (13), 7-6 (4) in the rain-delayed opening match.
In the other quarterfinals, second-seeded Andy Murray of Scotland faced 10th-seeded defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, and seventh-seeded Rafael Nadal of Spain was scheduled to play fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan.
The Chardy-Isner match began nearly 2 hours late and was interrupted more than an hour in the second set by another shower.
Chardy fought off seven match points, five in the second-set tiebreaker. Isner missed a volley at the net and then hit wide on a service return on set point.
"If you start to think about match points or breakpoints, you start to be nervous," Chardy said. "It's the only way to miss the shot. In this match a lot of points were really important, with a lot of pressure."
The 6-foot-10 Isner had won 11 of his previous 12 matches, taking the title two weeks ago in Atlanta and finishing second last week in Washington.
"It was a crazy match," Chardy said. "We both had a chance. We did a lot of good points. We were serving both really well."